West Ham-Chelsea violence could see 200 supporters banned

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Two hundred people face football banning orders following the violence at the former Olympic Stadium which marred West Ham's impressive EFL Cup win over Chelsea on Wednesday night.

Police made six arrests after skirmishes broke out towards the end of the stadium's first London derby. Three of the six arrested have been charged, the Metropolitan Police said.

Police and stewards battled to maintain segregation behind the goal being defended by West Ham as coins, seats and other objects appeared to be thrown between rival supporters.

West Ham's EFL Cup game against Chelsea
(Alastair Grant/AP)

The Hammers and Chelsea condemned the unsavoury scenes which are now under investigation by the Football Association - and swift and decisive action is being taken after the CCTV footage was pored over on Thursday.

"West Ham United and London Stadium are finalising the identification of 200 individuals who will receive stadium bans having been involved in incidents of disorder during West Ham's EFL cup victory over Chelsea," a joint statement read.

"Rapid progress has been made in the investigation with extensive CCTV footage being shared with West Ham United, London Stadium partners, the Metropolitan Police and Chelsea Football Club.

"Banning notifications will be issued for offences ranging from the use of abusive and offensive language to missile throwing. In line with our zero-tolerance policy, all those involved will receive a seasonal or lifetime ban depending on the severity of the offence."

Police presence in the crowd at West Ham v Chelsea
(Nick Potts/PA)

A spokesman for stadium partners West Ham, E20 Stadium LLP and London Stadium 185 emphasised that the vast majority of supporters behaved "impeccably" and praised the response of the stewards to the disorder.

"A small number of individuals were intent on becoming involved in disorder and are being investigated, identified and banned from London Stadium as a matter of priority," the spokesman said.

"The response of our safety and security teams was measured, fast and effective and we commend our stewarding and response personnel who were called to deal with several incidents of challenging behaviour."